International

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West Vancouver Schools will only accept complete applications using our secure online application system. Mailed, emailed, or faxed applications are no longer accepted. Incomplete or unpaid applications will not be processed.

Before you begin the online application process, please make sure you have collected all the necessary information and documents (see below). You will need the applicant’s complete information and at least one parent’s complete information. This includes names, birthdates, addresses, etc. Required and recommended documents must be submitted as PDF or JPEG files only and less than 5MB each. If any document is larger than 5MB, it has been scanned at too high a resolution and must be rescanned at a lower resolution before beginning the application process.

The application fee for international students is $600 CAD and is non-refundable. Please have a major credit card ready for the final page of the online application system.

You only have 30 days to submit an application once you create a new application. Old applications will be automatically deleted. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Please note that seats for students intending to graduate in BC (that is, staying for 2+ years) are limited to September entry only.

Required documents

In order to submit an application, the documents listed below are required. If you do not upload these documents into the online application system, you cannot complete the application process.

  1. Transcripts or report cards. You must have a record of grades for the last two years, translated into English. They must be in PDF or JPEG format only, and less than 5MB in size. You will only able to upload one document, so please ensure all pages of the records of grades are scanned as a single document.
  2. Passport photo page. Please scan the passport photo page of the applicant’s passport, if they have a passport already. This allows us to double-check the applicant’s information to ensure that all correspondence is correct.
  3. Student’s letter of intent. This letter is written by the student explaining their desire to come to Canada and study in West Vancouver Schools. It should outline their past studies, their interests and hobbies, and their future goals. If this letter is longer than one page, make sure you scan all pages as a single document. Not required for Elementary applicants.
  4. English language exam. Not all students need an English language exam result. Only students wishing to graduate (2+ years) in West Vancouver Schools are required to submit either an IELTS or CMGE exam result. IELTS is a global standard for testing; students applying for Grade 10 must submit a score of 4.0 or better while students applying for Grade 11 must submit a score of 4.5 or better. Students in Grade 9 and below are not required to submit any exam results. If you wish to have more information on the CMGE exam, please email Michael Frankowski at mfrankowski@wvschools.ca. Not required for Elementary applicants.
  5. Legal Agreement. The parent(s) the application must sign our agreement. Before starting the application process, please download the West Vancouver International Program Legal Agreement, have it signed in ink, and scanned as a PDF or JPEG file only.

Recommended documents

We recommend that you collect the following documents prior to applying. These documents assist us in making an admission decision should we require additional information.

  1. Letter of Recommendation. Please have a teacher, school counselor, or Headmaster/Principal write a letter of recommendation for the applicant. This letter should be on school letterhead and identify the student and their strong points. If this letter is longer than one page, make sure you scan all pages as a single document.
  2. Immunization records. Please fill out a Student immunization form provided by the local health authority.
  3. Custodian document. If the applicant will not be part of our homestay program, or if they choose not to use our free custodianship service, they must assign a custodian. This custodian must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, over 25 years old, and must live full time in the Vancouver area.
  4. Photo albums. Some students compile a photo album for our homestay placement process. Please scan the entire album as one document.
  5. Other documents. If you have another document pertinent to admission, such as a student interview form, please submit it as a single document.

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